How many times do we have to be reminded just how dangerous it is to talk on the phone and/or text while driving? No matter how many accidents occur due to drivers who aren't paying attention to the road, plenty of people still refuse to put down their devices, probably because they don't think anything can actually happen to them.
As a mom who is 100 percent against talking (other than while using a hands-free calling device) and texting while I'm behind the wheel, I was pretty appalled to hear that many moms admit to talking and texting with their babies in the car.
Yep. It's true. A new survey conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide and American Baby magazine found that 78 percent of moms talk on the phone while driving, and 26 percent text and read emails. All of the participants surveyed admit to doing so with children under the age of 2 in the car.
And I know it doesn't make a difference what ages your kids are, you shouldn't be yapping away on your phone or texting, period.
But considering how much more frazzled, exhausted, and preoccupied moms of infants tend to be? Yeah, if anyone should know better than to talk, text, and drive at the same time, it's them.
OMG! What is wrong with these mothers? I know we're all busy and sometimes it can be pretty tempting to send a quick text or pick up the phone and make a call while you're on the road, but don't these moms realize they're carrying precious cargo in the back seat?
All it takes is a few seconds of having your eyes off the road, and boom! Everything that you love and hold dear can be taken away from you in an instant, all because you were in too much of a hurry to pull over and stop the car before making that call or sending that text.
When my son was a baby, smartphones weren't around yet, so texting wasn't even an option for me. But I never made phone calls while I was driving around with him. I was paranoid enough as it was about possibly getting into an accident with him in the car, so I never answered my phone, and if I really needed to make a call, I pulled into a parking lot or waited until I got home.
And even now that he's almost 7 years old, I only talk on the phone using the hands-free calling system in my car, and I never, N-E-V-E-R even think about sending a text.
I'm sure all of the moms who admit to texting and driving are very good moms who love their babies very much. But they really need to get a clue when it comes to using their devices while driving before something absolutely horrific happens.
And if thinking about how they'd feel if they were to get into an accident because of talking or texting doesn't convince them to stop, they should seriously consider having their heads examined.
Do you ever talk or text with your baby in the car?
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